By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A group, the Coalition of Concerned Lawyers under aegis of Kogi Integrity Group (KIG ) has issued a 7 day ultimatum to the senator representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye to defend and clear himself on the allegation of bribery corruption in the recent video tape released by a popular online Television.
The group also called on the Acting President,Professor Yemi Osibajo to direct all the relevant agencies to thoroughly investigate the recent video clip released by Sahara TV indicting Senator Dino Melaye and Justice Ikpeme who was the Chairman of Kogi State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal over bribery and corruption .
Addressing the newsmen in Lokoja on Saturday, the President of the Group, Barrister Zacheaous Dare Micheal stated the the video tape released recently on popular online news media has gone viral on social.media net work, indicating that there was a conversation
between Melaye and Justice Akon Ikpeme on the allegation of bribery that perverted justice which gave him a stolen mandate.
“As a concerned group that believes in justice, we are giving Dino Melaye a 7day ultimatum to come and quickly defend and clear himself of allegation of corruption in the tape that was released by the by Sahara Reporters”,the President said.
The group lamented that the distinguished senator Melaye had once in a statement described the former President Jonathqn’s government as government of the greedy and described the present administration as government of criminals for the criminals which must be voted out in 2019 while there is allegation of bribery against him.
“The same man who publicly at press conference described our Governor a criminal and using derogatory and defamatory statement to qualify a State Governor. We are now saying such a man is facing allegation of bribery and corruption should be left uninterogated?”
The group restated corrupting judiciary is the worst form of corruptio that any can ever think of, saying it is unacceptable, ” we want Melaye to show reason why electorate of Kogi West senatorial district should not recall him.”
“We, the Concerned laywers are calling on the Acting President to order the Police, EFCC, DSS ,Attorney General of Federation, Chief Justice of Nigeria and other security agencies to as matter of urgency begin an I’m,mediate investigation to establish the the truth the and genuineness of the video tape and if it leads to commission of an offence bribery and corruption, then Melaye and Chairman of the Tribunal shoups be compelled to face full wrath of the law.”
“We want the relevant stakeholders to call for the establishment of the link and come up with their position on it. Since the government I’d trying her best to sanitize the judiciary, this will definitely lead to a great fear where another bad egg would be eliminated from the State”.
In a swift reaction, Senator Dino Melaye stated that the is wishful thinking of those peddling the rumour two years of hard earned victory at poll.
The legislator who spoke through his Media aide, Gideon Ayodele stated it is unthinkable that two years after the victory at the poll and tribunal, some people still want to pull down the work of God.